Churches offer psycho-social support to COVID-19 patients

By Lisa Masuku

A network of Zimbabwean churches under the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance (ZCA) banner has rolled out psychosocial support services for people who test positive for COVID-19.

Zimbabwe Christian Alliance this Friday handed over a donation to both isolation and quarantine centres at Ekusileni Medical Centre in Bulawayo, where a psychosocial support service initiative was revealed.

ZCA Executive Director, Reverend Useni Sibanda said the provision of psychosocial support to the community and people in isolation and quarantine centres is important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The major issue for communities is awareness-raising a lot of people are still not aware of the dangers. We still have social behaviours that are a threat. In terms of spreading the pandemic, we still have shebeens in the townships and this is an issue of major concern. We have church leaders whom we have assigned to go around and raise awareness. We have posters that we have donated. We have realised that unless we change our behaviours we will not be able to stop the spread of the pandemic.”

ZCA Board member, Ray Motsi highlighted that the organisation is collaborating with stakeholders in its mission to send out awareness and psychosocial support on COVID-19 to the community.

“The most important thing for us is the social and moral message and education to bring awareness to the communities and the importance of people to look after themselves.”

The ZCA also pledged 5 000 litres of sanitizers and liquid soap, 50 buckets, 1000 masks, and awareness-raising material monthly to quarantine and isolation centres across the country to complement government efforts in the fight against COVID-19.